Development: Building Your Cool Tech

We’ll build your mobile or digital designs, pixel perfect, on a wide array of platforms using the latest technology:

mLearning & eLearning apps
  • iPad apps
  • HTML5 apps
  • SCORM, Tin Can (xAPI), & LMS integration
  • Articulate Studio
  • Adobe Captivate
Mobile & Tablet Apps
  • iPhone
  • iPad
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Microsoft Surface
  • Blackberry
  • Phonegap (multiplatform)
Web & Mobile Web
  • Responsive Web
  • LAMP
  • .NET
  • Java
  • WordPress
  • Drupal
  • Ruby
  • Facebook
Public Apps
  • Kiosk
  • PixelSense
  • Google Analytics
  • Flurry

Contact us and let’s talk building your cool tech.

Consulting: Jumping the Learning Curve

New to mobile development or mobile learning? Not sure what the best strategy is for mobile and new digital options? Our consulting services can help you figure it out quickly and understand the strengths and weaknesses of various approaches, and which approach will wow your clients. We can help guide you through strategy, design, and development.

Contact us and let’s talk about your mobile and new digital options.

Porting: Multiply Market Penetration

If your client’s app isn’t on both iOS and Android, there’s a significant market segment they won’t reach: an entire world of consumers they’re not influencing or keeping happy. If their app isn’t on the Blackberry, they’re excluding some fiercely loyal users. And if you have no plans to bring their app to Windows Phone, they may miss out on the next wave of mobile momentum.

It might not always make sense for an app to be on every mobile platform, yet it is almost always a smart decision for an app to be on more than one. Porting makes that possible, and for a fraction of the cost of producing an original app. Since most strategic and creative work can be recycled for the new app, a modest additional development investment can multiply your market penetration.
Code Crew ports apps between iOS, Android, Blackberry, and Windows.

Contact us and let’s talk about what’s involved in porting your apps.

Processes You Can Rely On

We have streamlined processes and use a paperless, fully digital workflow alongside modern software engineering processes (Agile Scrum) and tools (online Application Lifecycle Management software) to ensure solid code and reliable delivery. We have our preferred processes and tools; however, when it makes sense we can also use yours.

We prefer a transparent development process, so we keep you informed of how the work is progressing and get regular feedback to ensure we are building what you want.
Here is how a typical project unfolds in a nutshell:

1. Define What's Needed
You work directly with a production analyst usually located in or near your city. The analyst will create a detailed statement of work or specification based on your requirements and mockups.

2. Build What's Needed
The production analyst manages development with technical staff located in the Philippines. Time zone differences are leveraged to accelerate development. For example, you could meet with your analyst in the afternoon who hands over changes to the offshore team and you’ll be able to review them online in the morning.

3. Review What's Being Built
Deliverables can be reviewed and commented on online or in face-to-face meetings with your analyst during regular business hours. The combination of local production expertise with an offshore development team is intended to create an efficient, flexible, and comfortable production process at a price point significantly lower than local providers can offer.

4. We Test the Build
Our quality assurance professionals test the deliverables as they are produced, with more rigorous testing toward the end of the project.

5. You Test the Build
You perform a user acceptance test when the project is complete. If the product requires changes, we make the changes.

Code Crew uses efficient, flexible, and open development processes to consistently bring in projects on budget and on schedule.

Contact us and let’s talk about how to use our development processes for your benefit.

Why a Manila-Based Development Center?

To understand why we chose to locate our development center in the Philippines, consider the questions below:

What about local partner?
While working with a development partner located in the same city as your agency is convenient and comfortable, with typical bill rates ranging between 100 and 150 USD per hour, it’s also costly.

Consider that choosing an onshore partner:
• increases the cost to client (making it more difficult to win work),
• reduces your profit margins (introducing project risk), and
• constrains innovation (higher costs mean fewer development resources to implement creative ideas).

Bottom line when keeping all of your development onshore: you can do less with your budget, and your existing team has less freedom to innovate and direct.

Adding in-house development staff involves less direct cost than a local development partner, but recruiting talent with the right blend of technical skills can be difficult; and balancing resource availability against project demand is an ongoing challenge. Often this results in carrying the cost of internal staff without project revenue to justify it, which can quickly increase the actual cost of internal staff beyond that of a local partner.

What about an offshore vendor?
One solution is to use an offshore vendor in a lower cost location like India, China, Eastern Europe, or Latin America. While bill rates are a fraction of onshore partners (30-50 USD/hour), poor English and significant cultural differences associated with vendors in these regions can make them a struggle to work with, especially for creative industries. And the misunderstanding of requirements can escalate costs and put project schedules at risk.
What about the Philippines?
While the Philippines are not often the first location that springs to mind when considering an offshore development partner, it has several advantages that make it worth considering:

  • English Fluency. English is an official language in the Philippines and is clearly spoken by a large proportion of the population. The Philippines has leveraged its English fluency to create what is now the world’s largest contact center industry, with annual revenues in the billions (USD).
  • Cultural Affinity. The Philippines was an American colony until 1946 and has retained an interest in and comfort with Western culture. For example, shopping malls—a social hub for Philippine society—are filled with Western chains like Starbucks, Marks & Spencer, and The Gap.
  • Resource Availability. With a population of over 95 million people, a steady stream of college grads, and over 35,000 IT professionals, the Philippines has both the raw talent and advanced technical skill to execute any digital development project now and in the future. This robust supply of talent reduces staff churn and means the developers who started a project are very likely the ones that will finish it.

For a complete evaluation, download Info-Tech Research Group’s report “The Philippines for Outsourced IT Services.”

By using Western managers and management methods, leveraging time zones to accelerate development, and recruiting the best technical talent the Philippines has to offer, Code Crew delivers premium development resources at a competitive price.

Contact us and let’s talk about how to use our resources for your benefit.


Code Crew uses three different pricing models:

The Project Model
The project model involves paying a fixed price for a pre-defined deliverable. Deliverables must be defined in advance and changes in scope will change project cost. Good for fixed projects with specific requirements.
The Time & Materials Model
The time and materials model involves paying an hourly rate for work completed. Useful when the exact requirements cannot be clearly defined at the start of the project, although broad requirements and a ballpark estimate are usually created. Good for maintenance work and short projects.
The Retainer Model
The retainer model involves buying a fixed number of hours per month for a fixed cost. It guaranties resource availability and does not require that deliverables are defined in advance. Good when you have regular or recurring work, especially if the requirements cannot be clearly defined in advance.

Code Crew will work with you using one of the models above to deliver the services you need at a price you like.

Contact us and let’s talk about your project ideas, what they will cost, and which pricing model makes the most sense for you.


Although we cannot display all of our work, below are some examples of what we have done.

  • MindJolt



    Working from MindJolt’s Flash games, we built a highly responsive iOS app powered by a custom gaming engine and connected to a Cloud-based leaderboard, Facebook, and Twitter. Mindjolt has been downloaded over 500,000 times.

  • EMAP Mobile

    EMAP Mobile

    Mobile Web

    EMAP magazine publisher mobilized 17 of their online magazines, including Drapers and Retail Week. Code Crew maintains the .NET mobile content management system.

  • Real Madrid Freestyle Football

    Real Madrid Freestyle Football

    Android, iPhone

    This game allows users to play football in the jersey of Real Madrid. It includes 3D rendered action, player profiles, and a training module that helps players improve their skills. The app is loaded with rich graphics and highly responsive interaction.

  • Nokia Share the Love

    Nokia Share the Love

    Windows Phone

    For the launch of their flagship Lumia Windows Phone, Nokia wanted to use a viral strategy to spread the word with a “Share the Love” app. We built the app which allows users to seamlessly share their views on the phone via Facebook, Twitter, email, and SMS.

  • English Grammar in Use

    English Grammar in Use


    Critics love this mobile learning app that rolls together imagery, sound, and sound recording to help learners improve their grammar. Developing it required audio input/output code and the coordination of vast amounts of content.

  • Devex



    Devex uses this Web-based newsletter generator to stay in touch with its community of 500,000 plus international development pros. The generator automatically inserts content from a database into newsletter templates designed by Devex staff, greatly reducing publication time.

  • MMDA Traffic Navigator

    MMDA Traffic Navigator

    Windows Phone

    This app provides motorists with real-time graphical and text information on traffic and flooding conditions in Metro Manila. Features include maps, road routes, and tips on optional routes to avoid congestion.

  • SHRM We Know Next

    SHRM We Know Next


    SHRM’s “We Know Next” Web site includes online video with advanced video analytics and content management capabilities. We built it in less than a month using an iterative Agile development process.

  • Mall Pal

    Mall Pal


    Mall Pal helps malls and merchants stimulate sales. The app’s location-based services finds customers as they go from shop-to-shop, entices them with special deals, and facilitates the exchange of product information between shoppers.



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Code Crew recently had the opportunity to develop a branded app for Microsoft PixelSense (known as the Surface until June 2012). PixelSense is essentially an interactive tabletop device with platform software provided by Microsoft and hardware, called the SUR40, provided


Downloads & Reports

With the explosion in the number of mobile devices in consumer’s palms, marketers are looking for ways to exploit the mobile opportunity, and key among them is rolling out a branded mobile app. However, developing a mobile app is a challenging undertaking for software developers, and good marketers need to understand the issues facing their peers on the development side in order to design the best branded app possible.

Info-Tech Indaba conducted in-depth interviews with mobile developers on the state of the market. This report analyzes the main challenges faced by mobile developers and also takes a look at the emerging area of cross-platform development tools.

What’s in the Report

This report covers these key mobile development challenges:

  • Designing the mobile user experience
  • Programming and testing on multiple devices
  • Discoverability
  • Patching and updating apps
  • Managing client feedback

In addition, this report explores cross-platform development options that address issues of widespread devise fragmentation in the mobile world.

Understand the challenges of mobile development by downloading and reviewing Info-Tech’s Mobility Research: Developer Challenges and Cross-Platform Solutions.

Click here to Download the Report

If you are considering offshore outsourcing of application or Web development you have a myriad of geographic locations to choose from, including Eastern Europe, Latin America, India, China, and the Philippines. The Philippines provides a large skilled labor pool, strong infrastructure, and low cost with only a few risks to mitigate for, according to this Info-Tech Research Group report.

What’s in the Report

A critical part of choosing the right offshore software development partner is understanding their geographic location and how that impacts service quality and cost. To take the guesswork out of the offshore decision making process, Info-Tech undertook a detailed analysis of key low-cost offshore destinations, including extensive interviews with clients and vendors.

This in-depth examination of the Philippines as an offshore IT location includes:

  • Info-Tech’s rating of the Philippines on eight key evaluation criteria.
  • Detailed explanations of where the Philippines stands on factors such as language skills, affordability, and resource availability.
  • The Philippines’ pros and cons as an offshore outsourcing location.
  • Recommendations on when to and when not to outsource to a Philippine-based application or Web development provider.

Understand the strengths and weaknesses of the Philippines as an offshore destination for IT outsourcing by downloading and reviewing Info-Tech’s in-depth evaluation.

Click here to Download the Report


News & Events

The strong growth in mobile learning or “mLearning,” particularly the use of the iPad as a training platform among pharmaceutical and medical device companies, has motivated Code Crew to launch a new service line. The new mLearning services span the

Howard Kiewe, Code Crew President, is on the road and coming to a city near you. He will be meeting clients, colleagues, and prospective clients in London, Toronto, New York, and San Francisco during Sep-Oct 2012. This is a rare


Serving global markets, including: Asia: Hong Kong, China; Manila, Philippines; Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Tokyo, Japan | Australia: Melbourne, Victoria; Sydney, New South Wales | Canada: Calgary, Alberta; Montreal, Quebec; Toronto, Ontario; Vancouver, BC | Europe, Finland: Helsinki, Nokia, France: Paris, Marseille; Germany: Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart; Netherlands: Amsterdam; Norway: Oslo ; Sweden: Stockholm, Spain: Barcelona, Madrid | Middle East: Kuwait; Saudi Arabia: Riyadh, Jeddah; UAE: Abu Dhabi, Dubai | South Africa: Johannesburg, Cape Town| UK: England, London, Liverpool, Manchester; Scotland: Edinburgh, Glasgow; Ireland: Dublin | US: Atlanta, Georgia; California: Los Angeles, San Francisco; Chicago: Illinois; Florida: Miami; Texas: Dallas, Houston; Massachusetts: Boston; Minneapolis, Minnesota; New York, NY;  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Washington, Seattle; Washington, DC